Dublin, Bleckley County to face-off at Shamrock Bowl

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DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -The Dublin Fighting Irish welcome the Bleckley County Royals to the Shamrock Bowl in week seven of the End Zone’s Game of the Week.

The fighting Irish have dominated their matchup against the Royals. They’ve won four straight, and nine of the last 10 meetings.

Dublin most recently beat Bleckley County 46-15 last year.

Dublin’s offense has been unstoppable so far, averaging 45.5 points per game. The Fighting Irish are coming off a 77-15 rout over East Laurens last Friday.

Bleckley County is riding a three-game winning streak since losing to Veterans, 28-10, on Aug. 30th.

The Royals are coming off a 35-20 win over Northeast last week to start region 4 3-A play.

They’re last win over Dublin came in 2014.

41NBC’s Montezz Allen spoke to both coaches about the game on Friday.

THE COACHES

“They’re a really good team and we are too. Two well-coached teams that are going to go toe to toe,” said Bleckley County head football coach Von Lassiter. “There’s going to be lots of people in the stands. It’s going to be fun to watch. And it’s going to be a game that those guys are going to remember forever.

“So, I want them to be prepared and to work hard, but understand that a lot of times in high school you don’t get to play in these games and to enjoy every minute of it.”

“For us is to do what we do best probably, and that’s control the clock, hold on to the football and don’t turn it over,” said Dublin head football coach Roger Holmes.

“We think those are obviously the keys, and then, any time you get a close game then it’s going to come down to who makes the big mistake or something negative happens for you in the kicking game, so we anticipate it being an all out war to be quite frank with you.”

 

 

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Montezz Allen joined 41NBC as a sports reporter in 2019. He was born and raised on the West Side of Detroit, Michigan, but spent seven years in Chicago, Illinois. While there, he worked as a Sports Anchor at NCTV17, a Sports/News Reporter at Urban Broadcast Media and an Assistant Producer at WBBM-AM Newsradio — the No. 1-ranked news radio station in Chicago. He also made frequent guest appearances on WCIU's "The Jam" and The D & Davis Sports Radio Show at "670 The Score." He graduated from Oakland University — located in Rochester, Mich. — where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2012 and then earned a Master of Arts from DePaul University in Chicago in 2014. He's the first person out of his immediate family to achieve the feat of earning a college degree — let alone two of them. He's extremely proud of that. Tezz has a strong love for the game of basketball. He played most of his life. It's his passion. He admits that he's a Kobe Bryant fan and believes the "Black Mamba" is the second greatest player of ALL TIME, hands down. In his spare time, Montezz loves to workout, travel, shop for the latest fashion and spend time with his family. Tezz is excited to be in Middle Georgia, and is looking to tell the best sports stories he possibly can. Don't hesitate to hit him up at mallen@41nbc.com.